I know what you’re thinking, a jersey is a jersey, right? Well, not all of us want a slim aerodynamic fitting road-style jersey on the trails. For mountain biking, I usually look for a looser fitting jersey that’s comfortable and I want to look like a girl without being covered in pink from head to toe. Zoic’s Cheeky jersey is perfect and it’s the details that makes this jersey special. The Cheeky jersey comes in feminine colors like lavender, coral, and reef with white piping around the collar. Short cap sleeves and an accent of argyle print add some style. A zippered side key pocket is a hidden bonus and with three rear pockets for stashing your mini tool, snacks, and your phone during your ride.
The Zoic Cheeky jersey is made using “environmentally enlightened” materials like bamboo, a sustainable resource that grows organically and quickly without the need of intensive farming or chemicals. The polyester/bamboo charcoal blend wicks away moisture and breathes well and from what I’ve read it’s naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal making it hygienic and odor absorbing as well. Not only is the Cheeky jersey functional, but wearing it is a good reminder about minimizing my own environmental impact on the mountain bike trails.
Zoic doesn’t stop with mountain bike clothing. Their streetside clothing is made for the urban scene and looks great on and off the bike. The women’s All Night Long Tartan Shorts is proof that plaid is back! These low-rise, knee-length shorts are stylish enough that I think even Kanye West would approve. Kanye may be setting the urban trends with plaid shorts and argyle sweaters but Zoic is craftily modifying these hot styles for the mountain bike world. Don’t worry guys, you can get your plaid shorts from Zoic this spring!
The All Night Long short has a flattering yet functional fit. The plaid pattern is strategically cut and sewn to shape and cutify your backside and the nylon/spandex fabric blend and sassy knee darts allows you to pedal freely. Inside, the short can accommodate a padded liner secured with convenient built-in snaps or there’s even room for a pair of lycra shorts. This is a smart feature, in my opinion, since every rider has unique padding and chamois needs. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear these shorts when I ride to the farmer’s market. They’re also perfect for post-ride dining out – no more feeling uncomfortable in your spandex in public!
For me the best thing about Zoic clothing is that their tops and bottoms come in size extra-small – great news for my fellow petite mountain bikers out there! If you can’t find your size or selection of Zoic clothing at your local bike shop (a lot of them carry more road-style clothing), order directly from the Zoic website or one of several online outdoor retailers.